Question for stagers - quandry with entry - help please!

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The wall with see-through fireplace separates the entry from the kitchen and was PUT IN THE WRONG PLACE.  It was suppose to line up with the wall by the hall closet so that there would be room in the kitchen for a breakfast or dining table.  Now, there is this huge entry that feels like an UNUSABLE space, and no area for a dining or breakfast table in the kitchen. 

We are considering putting a larger dining table in the entry area in front of the fireplace (replacing the small table there now).  But what to do with the rest of the space?? Art work?  Contemporary chairs that fit below windows?

Also considered removing the 2 leather chairs in the living area out of the house and putting the small pub table there - so then we would have large dining table in entry room and more casual breakfast table in living area next to kitchen.

Pretty high priced home for Tulsa with views of the 11th hole on golf course. Likely buyer age 40-60, move-up buyer, downsize buyer or relocation buyer.

Any ideas are appreciated! Thanks Lori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments (18)

Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Karen Otto - any ideas?

Oct 16, 2014 09:30 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Lori ... got your message in my inbox :-)   OK this home definitely needs help with furniture placement!  Right now all of the furniture is against the walls and here are my suggestions:

  • In the entry, there should be a larger dining table with 4 chairs, centered on the fireplace and placed under the chandelier.  It's awkward, but that big wall isn't going anywhere so you have to work with it.   If you use a rug under the table, it needs to be much larger than the one there now; a neutral colored rug will enhance the nice wood floors.
  • Put a tree in the corner where that dark basket is.
  • Remove that loveseat ... it doesn't work under those windows. What would work well under those windows is a bench ... you could then place a couple of throw pillows on it.  The bench could have a low back, or just be an upholstered bench like a long ottoman.
  • The art near that's near the dining set needs to be centered on the wall it's on, if you keep it there.
  • Try to tie the colors together that you find in the art above the fireplace, the rug, the throw pillows, and other art.  That will help buyers feel that this is a usable space for entertaining instead of a hodge-podge of castoffs that didn't fit anywhere else.  (just being honest here, you asked for my opinion and I want your listing to look it's very best!!)
  • If keeping the art above that entry fireplace, I would accessorize the mantle differently, using something tall on one side (either a tall narrow plant like an orchid, or a tall pillar candle holder .. again, whatever you place there needs to coordinate with the art, the decor on the dining table, etc.
  • In the living room, that big sectional needs to come away from the wall and be much closer to focus on the TV.  That will give the room purpose and create a usable space for buyers.  You'll want to properly accessorize that big coffee table and can contact me for ideas on that, if you need help.
  • I like your idea of putting the small "dining" set in the right-hand side of the living room, but definitely float it out in the room, instead of placing it near the wall.  One way to show dual usage of a table like that (dining and/or a game table) is to use a tray that has a cards or game theme, place a few colored wine glasses on the tray, and maybe a low plant.  (Don't use that burgundy rug.)  The art on the wall where the 2 chairs are now is hung too high, -- I'd lower it to eye level.
  • The chairs?  Not sure they'll fit because the wide-angle lens is likely distorting the true size of these rooms .... so after you make those other changes, see if there's room for one of the chairs, give it a try.
  • My last suggestion is that the living room is so "blah" with that big TV screen and no  coordinated color palette to enhance this room.  You could change that by adding  a horizontal piece of art above the TV, and then use a color from the art for throw pillows on the big white sectional.  Maybe use something like that art way above the kitchen fireplace?  Not the wine themed one, but the one above that.

I hope this helps .... good luck!!  And hopefully you can post some "after" photos!!!

Oct 16, 2014 10:06 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Gosh @Maureen Bray did a fabulous job of addressing this Lori!  My only add if any at all to it is if you wanted to used a low buffet/console table on the wall opposite the dining area with a large mirror and lamps that could suggest "entry console" and dining buffet.

Oct 16, 2014 10:19 AM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

OMG - you ladies are so awesome to give me your input - thank you for your time!!! Thank you Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging and Karen Otto !!!  I am going to forward your suggestions to my stager and will definitely keep you updated! Photos scheduled November 6th, so I may check back again. 

Here is the photo of the dining room table we are thinking of using - with some upholstered contemporary chairs. Karen, we were planning to put the buffet where you suggested the entry console.  Let me know if you think these are good/bad choices.

Again, thank you both so much!!!!!

 

Oct 16, 2014 12:11 PM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

While I love blending styles and it works for many houses, if you do use this set I would pair the table with different chairs than those something transitional  not so "antique". Use more contemporary artwork and decor because you don't want the styles to conflict with the house. CORT Furniture if in your area has some good choices

Oct 16, 2014 10:51 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Lori the contemporary chairs you mentioned would help update this table.  Looks like a dropleaf dining table?  You may want to drop the leaves, if it overwhelms the space.  Can't really tell from the photo how long it is.  Good luck!

Oct 17, 2014 01:20 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lori, I love how you asked for help and received advice from two prominent AR stagers. I know we are all looking forward to more photos!

Oct 18, 2014 11:28 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Here is an amateur opinion, I would put a dining room table where the leather chairs are against the wall. A table would be close to the kitchen, and it looks like the two can lights could have a center can and supply the light needed for dining. Love the place by the way.

Oct 19, 2014 02:31 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I'm another one, waiting for the after pictures. I LOVE the spirit of collaboration we have here on the Rain.

Oct 25, 2014 03:52 AM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

This is what I love most about AR @Margaret @Joe Pryor @Lottie. Truly appreciate @Maureen and @Karen giving of their time and expertise.  AFTER PHOTOS will be posted - photos scheduled November 6th!

Oct 27, 2014 11:05 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

This is what I love about AR. Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging really went above and beyond here.

Oct 29, 2014 12:53 PM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Okay - here are after photos!  Sellers restricted some that we wanted to do - such as moving art work. I think my stager did an incredible job with a very small budget - and your input. Thank you all so much - especially Maureen and Karen!!  Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging Karen Otto Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Joe Pryor Lottie Kendall 


 

Nov 15, 2014 12:58 AM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Tammie White - evidently you can't tag more than 5 people in one post or comment. Didn't mean to leave you out!

Nov 15, 2014 01:00 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In some cases the artwork is obscured. I can see why you wanted some to move. Everything esle looks great.

Nov 15, 2014 01:37 AM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Link to all photos:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/4538048/entertainment-home-on-large-lot-of-cedar-ridge-golf-course

 

Nov 15, 2014 01:50 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Nicely done!!!

 

Nov 15, 2014 01:59 AM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging  and Karen Otto  - we won't be offended if you still have suggestions. However, I don't want to further impose on your time! Challenging listing in so many ways.

Nov 15, 2014 02:11 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Lori, thanks for tagging me to see the end result. It looks fabulous.

Nov 15, 2014 08:02 AM